Over 500,000 people have signed a petition calling for the honour to be revoked, saying the former Labour PM caused “irreparable damage to both the constitution of the United Kingdom and to the very fabric of the nation’s society”.
The petition claims: “Tony Blair is the least deserving person of any public honour, particularly anything awarded by Her Majesty the Queen.”
But others have congratulated Sir Tony on the designation.
Among them were Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Wes Streeting, who said: “Congratulations to Sir Tony Blair, but I know he’ll be even more proud that @ValerieAmos, a personal hero of mine and so many others, has become – yet again – a trailblazer”.
There are now 21 non-royal ‘companions’ in the order, with a maximum of 24 allowed.
Appointments are for life, and only 40 people have been deemed no longer worthy of the honour and removed from the order in its nearly 700 year history.
While the petition has garnered hundreds of thousands of signatures on Change.org, petitions relating to Sir Tony and honours have been rejected from the Parliament.uk website, which can lead to a debate in the House of Commons.
This is because petitions about “honours or appointments” are not accepted.